Cataract surgery has made remarkable advancements in the past few decades, helping millions of Americans regain clear vision. Now, Quigley Eye Specialists is taking another step forward with the State-of-the-Art Catalys® Laser System by Johnson & Johnson.
“We are proud to be the first private practice in the region to offer patients the benefits of this advanced laser technology,” said Thomas A. Quigley, M.D., a board-certified ophthalmologist and founder of Quigley Eye Specialists. “This is a true breakthrough in laser cataract surgery because the laser uses less energy and is gentle on the eye.”
Built from the ground up specifically for cataract surgery, the Catalys’ highly precise incisions allow each procedure to be tailored for a patient’s unique ocular anatomy, according to Johnson & Johnson. These flexible incision options allow for more personalized and precise surgical procedures.
As a result, the Catalys system can offer patients better outcomes, according to a 2018 study by Drs. A.J. Khodabakhsh and J. Hobauer, Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology, published in Clinical Ophthalmology. Comparing the Catalys with another leading laser, the researchers concluded that the Catalys demonstrated superior outcomes in terms of the patient experience, completeness of capsulotomy and ease of cortex removal. Nationally, more than 24.4 million Americans have been affected by cataracts, they said.
Cataract surgery is one of the oldest surgical procedures known, dating back to the fifth century BC when a completely opaque hard lens would be shattered and removed by a technique called couching. The first surgical removal of a cataract occurred in Paris in 1748 with an incision around the lens. In 1967, physicians began using ultrasound to break up the hardened lens and remove it from the eye. Meanwhile, Dr. Howard Ridley, a British ophthalmologist was pioneering the use of artificial plastic lenses that could be implanted in the eye after cataract surgery. Today’s lenses can restore near and distance vision with less dependency on glasses.
As a leading ophthalmology practice in Southwest Florida, Quigley Eye Specialists has decades of experience taking great care of patients and offers advanced computer- and laser-assisted cataract surgery. “These procedures leverage advanced technologies to improve accuracy and positioning of a lens implant,” said Dr. Quigley. “If you have cataracts, now is an ideal time to discuss your options with our board-certified ophthalmic surgeons.”
Quigley Eye Specialists is the number one choice for cataract treatment in Southwest Florida, according to ambulatory surgery center statistics from the Agency of Healthcare Administration (floridahealthfinder.gov). Quigley Eye Specialists’ experienced physicians perform all surgeries at
St. John’s Surgery Center, which is dedicated exclusively to eye procedures, Medicare certified and accredited by the American Association for Ambulatory Health Care.
Quigley Eye Specialists’ board-certified ophthalmologists and optometric physicians also treat a wide range of conditions, including glaucoma, dry eye, droopy eyelids, and corneal and retinal conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
If you suffer from cataracts, any other eye condition or just want to make sure your eyes are healthy, call Quigley Eye Specialists at 239-466-2020 and schedule an appointment. Your eyes are our passion!
About Quigley Eye Specialists
Technology leaders in eye care and one of the nation’s leading multispecialty ophthalmology practices, Quigley Eye Specialists creates patients for life by providing the highest level of quality eye care and service to the community. We accomplish this through our caring staff, our skilled medical team, and by using the most advanced technology to help ensure every patient’s best possible vision. Quigley Eye Specialists has eight convenient locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, Bonita Springs, Port Charlotte, Lehigh Acres and Punta Gorda. For more information, call 239-466-2020 or visit www.quigleyeye.com.